The Feb. 3 article, "A well-planned vegan diet can be perfectly healthy," showcases the disease-fighting properties of plant-based foods. When we stick to the healthy basics —vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes — and cut back on added sugar, excess sodium and saturated fats, we maximize nutrient intake.
In turn, we reduce the risk for obesity and obesity-related diseases, including certain types of cancer. A well-planned vegan diet is not just healthful, but also fits the cancer prevention recommendations recently issued by the World Health Organization.
Broward County's abundance of fresh greens, cauliflower, carrots and oranges offers a variety of ways to reap the health benefits of plant-based foods.
Susan Levin, Director of Nutrition Education, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.